Livelihoods

August 11, 2017
Sangita Mhatre and her husband Shashikant in their jasmine nursery, preparing saplings to be sold to other farmers. (Photo by BAIF)

Enterprising woman farmer charts a path to prosperity

From an impoverished homemaker to a successful farmer and trusted counselor for many women in the area, the story of Sangita Mhatre of Mande is an inspiring tale of how women in rural India can take charge of their destiny given the slightest of opportunities

August 9, 2017
NGOs have played a pivotal role in the women’s self-help group movement in India. (Photo by McKay Savage)

Rural India needs a reformed NGO sector

The need of the hour in the non-governmental sector is for the government to keep a transparent check on non-performing NGOs while recognizing and appreciating NGOs and their teams that make a positive contribution towards rural development

August 2, 2017
Finding full employment in rural areas is not easy. (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

Non-farm enterprises as job creators in rural India

Targeted interventions and managerial assistance to promote non-farm rural enterprises have the potential to create a large number of jobs in the countryside while at the same time stemming the flow of distress migration

July 31, 2017

Kerala fishermen brave dangerous sea to eke out a livelihood

Small fishers on the Kerala coast venture out in the rough Arabian Sea during the monsoon season for a living, but there’s very little help they get in the way of easily accessible forecasts

July 24, 2017
Farmers weighing their produce at the weighbridge in Singur. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Singur emerges as procurement hub for local farmers

Once the infamous political battlefield centered on the construction of a car factory, Singur in West Bengal has become a beacon of hope for local farmers, who sell their produce wholesale at fair prices at a state government promoted marketplace

July 21, 2017
Marathwada farmers are fighting against all odds in the current kharif season. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Farmers in Maharashtra fear loss of kharif harvest, blame Met department

Farmers in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra are expecting a decline in crop yield during the autumn harvest and are holding the India Meteorological Department responsible for incorrect forecasting

July 19, 2017
A village shopkeeper in Himachal Pradesh. (Photo by Michael Foley)

Village entrepreneurship as a key to rural growth

The active promotion of enterprises in rural India is a possible way to further growth in the countryside and there’s need to examine their possibilities and limitations in order to tackle the problem of burgeoning unemployment

July 17, 2017
Farmer Dinesh Kumar of Machhahi village in Bihar has been promoting the use the curd mixture. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Grassroots innovation using curd reduces farming costs in Bihar

A curd mixture using copper has become popular in many parts of northern Bihar despite a lack of scientific validation because it has cut the cost of cultivation while increasing productivity for many small and marginal farmers

July 12, 2017
Farmers of Nalapad harvest groundnut from their multi-crop field. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Tribal women of Sundargarh make organic farming a life-changing economic activity

Tribal communities in Sundargarh district of Odisha have revived the traditional practice of growing food without the help of chemical fertilizers and made it viable economically by making pragmatic changes

July 10, 2017

Safflower cultivation sees drastic fall despite benefits

Despite its many health advantages, the cultivation of safflower for its oil is declining across India because farmers are not finding a ready market and are discouraged by the low prices it fetches